Wham! The Penarth lifeboat taking on a Storm Ophelia wave off the Esplanade this afternoon

Storm Ophelia and today’s weird weather provided an ideal training opportunity for Penarth lifeboat’s crew to familiarise themselves with some really rough and tough conditions.

There was curious red sky at dawn this morning – apparently caused by clouds of fine sand  from the Sahara desert.

Sheridan Ward shot this photo of a red dawn over the Bristol Channel  this morning- apparently caused by dust from the Sahara Desert (Photo Sheridan Ward/ Twitter)

Many Penarth motorists had to use their windscreen washers to rid their cars red dust before setting out for work today. By lunchtime however the dust haze had cleared and the weather in Penarth was sunny and dry – but windy .

This afternoon Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian set out into a very choppy Bristol Channel with the south-westerly wind whipped by Storm Ophelia providing some ideal conditions for the crew to get some heavy-weather experience under their belts.

The lifeboat is almost hidden from view in a deep trough

The Atlantic 85 does battle with the remnants of  Atlantic storm “Ophelia”

Thankfully there were no emergencies off Penarth today – although there had been a rescue earlier in ther day off Weston Super Mare.

The rough conditions this afternoon however provided a useful mix of sea conditions for essential lifeboat crew training.


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